Laurence Fox has accused Met Police ‘thugs’ of harassment and making his children cry after officers visited his home for the second time in two months.
The actor, who came sixth in the London mayoral elections, claimed on Twitter that officers rocked up at his home in Lambeth, south London last night and warned ‘there will be trouble’ if it happens again.
In a public reprimanding, Fox branded the force ‘thugs’ and told the Met to ‘stop harassing my house and my children yet AGAIN’, adding: ‘It makes them cry.’
The Reclaim Party leader also jibed: ‘Go solve knife crime‘ – after the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said knife crime offences have doubled in just six years to rise above 50,000 for the first time since records began.
Critics of London Mayor Sadiq Khan have accused the Labour figure of presiding over a knife crime epidemic as offences involving knives rose by six per cent in England and Wales in the year before March 2020.
Fox was previously visited by police in March ahead of the London elections, during which his party campaigned on an anti-lockdown platform.
Laurence Fox arrives for the results of the London mayoral election, at the City Hall in London
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has found that offences involving knives or sharp instruments rose from 47,388 to 50,019 in England and Wales
However, it is not clear why Met Police visited his home last night. MailOnline has contacted Fox’s team and Scotland Yard for further information.
The 42-year-old Lewis star revealed that he was seeking legal advice after two officers in March warned his campaigning could be flouting lockdown laws.
In a video of the exchange shared by Fox online, the police said he had been reported for breaking rules while campaigning. However, they admitted that they had ‘no evidence per se’ to support the complaint.
Fox, who launched the anti-woke Reclaim party to fight the ‘culture wars’, slammed the Met’s ‘mild intimidation’ and has revealed he is taking legal advice.
Speaking to MailOnline, the actor accused the force of investigating a ‘non-crime’ and said he has ‘lots of questions’ for Scotland Yard.
‘I actually felt quite sorry for the police officer I filmed,’ Fox said. ‘He clearly didn’t know why he was there. No one did.
Leader of the Reclaim Party, Laurence Fox, arriving at City Hall, London
‘The police have been put in an impossible position, enforcing these sorts of rules and investigating non-crimes reported by anonymous snitches.
‘I am in the process of consulting legal advice on the incident. We have lots of questions for the Met over what happened and why.’
Fox called the incident ‘a very worrying thing in a democratic society’, adding: ‘We do not live in North Korea or China. We live in Great Britain.’
The actor was dropped by his agent after he defended the British Press against charges of racism against Meghan Markle on Question Time last year.
‘I’m quite used to being intimidated, but that’s not my concern,’ he said. ‘I don’t want anybody in London or the UK to be investigated for non-crimes.’
Fox was seen chatting to mayoral rival Count Binface, who received 24,775 votes
(Left to right) UKIP’s Peter Gammons, Leader of the Reclaim Party, Laurence Fox, Social Democratic Party’s Simon Kelleher and Renew’s Kam Balayev
Yesterday Fox insisted that he will ‘march on’ after his London Mayoral defeat despite coming in sixth and racking up fewer votes than a YouTuber whose policies included ‘shushing’ Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
The actor lost his £10,000 deposit after winning just 1.8 per cent of the vote, compared with Sadiq Khan’s 55 per cent. He lost to YouTuber Niko Omilana, but beat mayoral rivals Count Binface and Piers Corbyn.
Despite his election defeat, a source close to Fox struck an optimistic note and told MailOnline last night the Lewis star would continue to ‘march on’ and ‘stand up and speak common sense to nonsense’.
A senior source added: ‘Reclaim is a long-term project, London was fun but it’s a very different demographic to the rest of the country.’